I hadn't been to the beach in ages. October of 2007 in fact! (which you can read about here if you missed it: Cool Salty Air. The weather was perfect at 21° C or so (about 70° F) with a gentle breeze off the ocean. There were lots of other dogs around, but the park is so big I never got very close to any of them.
Pandabonium brought his new camera to try out. It's a little Pentax Optio W60 that is waterproof so he can take pictures while sailing. He said Uncle Francis (aka FH2O) down in Borneo is getting one too for kayaking.
I had my portable water dish with me and some treats. Pandabonium and K stopped along the way to pick up bento lunch.
They have some cool climbing equipment there and a big long slide. Lots of kids were playing on that.
The grass had just been cut and I got a lot of clippings and weeds stuck in my long hair. K had to brush me when we got home.
We walked along the boardwalk. It goes up high and through the tops of pine trees. I didn't like it much. I wanted to be on the ground. K and Pandabonium seemed to enjoy it though.
Perhaps the best thing about today was all the attention I got. Walking up the long hill to the car, I got tired and hot and so they took turns carrying me most of the way back to the car.
On the road home, Pandabonium stopped to take a picture of a big mast of koinobori - carp streamers. We have some of them in our neighborhood too, but this one had eight streamers! The top streamer has the family crest on it, the others represent the sons in the family. They are flown in April and May for Children's Day, which is a national holiday. Nowadays, many people - like our neighbors across the street who have two girls - fly carp streamers for daughters as well as for sons.
No sooner had we gotten home, than K brushed me out and put me back in the car. This time they took me somewhere I've never been before - a doggy hair salon! I was nervous at first and didn't want the lady there to touch me, but she seemed nice and so I let her pet me and hold me. But after K and PandaB left, when she put me on the table I started squirming around and trying to bite at her. She almost called K to come get me and cancel the whole thing, but she kept working with me until I calmed down.
First I got a nice warm bath and shampoo. Then she dried me with a hair drier mounted on a big metal arm. It was pretty scary looking to me, and loud. After that she cut my hair - a lot! I never have liked having my hair cut, even by K or Pandabonium. Finally, she used the blow drier again while brushing and combing me out. At first I gave her a hard time when she put a bow in one of my ears, but then relaxed when she tied one on the other ear. I guess I could get used to it all.
I have to admit I like my "makeover" (even with bows in my ears), and it sure will be more comfortable in the warm weather.
K says I'll go back now every two to three months keep my fur neat, trimmed, and clean. I'll still get baths at home, of course.
Well, what do you think of my new look?